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February 05, 2019, 04:31 PM
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Hey aa1234779 I'm glad to see you again.
You too. Thanks.
Sorry it took me a long time to answer, I saw your good question, but haven't had the time as I'm busy a lot.
I apologize in advance if you find any of the following gross or disgusting.  ;D

Please answer a question for me. Why do so many Muslim men have beards? Both you and Maher have one.
It's because the Prophet (S.A.W.S.) declared it a "tradition of Fitrah" (instinct or human nature), he commanded Muslims to "Trim the mustaches, and save the beards" (my loose translation)
In fact, the traditions of Fitrah include clipping the fingernails weekly, shaving the pubic area to the belly button and pulling (or shaving) armpit hair at least once every 40 days.

As to explaining the wisdom I know behind this:
1-It's the tradition of Allah's Prophets & Messengers who obey his command to do so.
2-Mustaches can get in the way of food, and food could get stuck on them.
3-Beards are masculine  8) . No disrespect to those that shave. He described beards as "beautifying males".
4-Pubic hair & armpit hair are located in moist areas that promote fungus that wreaks if left unshaved.
5-Fingernails if left not clipped usually accumulate dirt, food on the right hand, and maybe feces on the left if one purifies after excretion by the hand with water. (Anti-bacterial soap to clean the hands is recommended nowadays, back then, they only had dirt & water).
6-Pulling armpit hair has been proven by experiences of multiple people I know, that it decreases odors. It has something to do with the sweat glands most probably. It's hard for people not used to it such as myself.

I'm sure there are other legitimate reasons for these "traditions of instinct" that others have figured out.

As for myself, I repent to Allah the Merciful that I can't keep my beard long for personal reasons.
In previous recordings, when I was yet trapped in the Kingdom of Injustice, I intentionally shaved all facial hair (except for eyebrows & eyelashes  ;D) so that I don't get stereotyped. I even spoke a local dialect of the Jeddah region, nothing near proper Arabic.

Is it an Arab thing or is it somewhere in the Qur'an?
The Arab Spring 8 years ago, right after Tunisia's revolution, is when I got shaved.
Now, I'd like to stay on the short beard until the day comes that a Muslim growing his beard is no different than any other human male growing one. I hate people being scared of me. Even though, most of the people I advocate justice & freedom for, other than Lujain & the mistreated sisters, are the oppressed non-extreme religious scholars & reformers who all have beards.

As to the Quran, the only mention of a beard I know, is Prophet Moses questioning his brother Prophet Haroon (Aaron) peace be upon them, holding him by the head & beard, for what the Jewish tribes committed in Sinai of worshiping the calf in Moses' absence, made out of the gold they took from the Coptic people, by a suspicious character..

Chapter 20 Ta'Ha
(92) [Moses] said, "O Aaron, what prevented you, when you saw them going astray,
(93) From following me? Then have you disobeyed my order?"
(94) [Aaron] said, "O son of my mother, do not seize [me] by my beard or by my head. Indeed, I feared that you would say, 'You caused division among the Children of Israel, and you did not observe [or await] my word.' "

If either of these is the case, then by any chance do you know why Adel al-Jubeir (the Saudi regime's foreign minister) doesn't have a beard, nor even a moustache?
It's his style since '96 when I first saw him in the US as a spokesperson for the embassy there and has nothing to do with religion. I don't know if a person doing the diplomatic dirty work for a regime like the Saudis has anything to do with Islam or does he even practice it. God only knows and he judges our hearts. As the Prophet said "Allah does not look at your figures, nor at your attire but He looks at your hearts and accomplishments". Kind hearts that hate injustice are appreciated by Allah.
Does Al-Jubair have one? I won't be the judge of that.

As you know, Indonesia is the largest Muslim nation in terms of population. I've never been there, but in the pictures I've seen very few Indonesians have beards.

Just curious.
Indonesian people whom I hold dear as they are precious brothers and sisters in Islam & humanity, have become more & more practicing of Islam individually, and hopefully one day as a sovereign nation.
Many people there are growing their beards and women dressing properly according to Sharia.
As to facial hair, Southeast Asian men in-general are not known to be very hairy due to common genetics in the region, which is something the All-knowing, Most-Wise chose for them, just as he chose for some people to have darker or whiter skin, being tall or short, and such.

Now, humbert must be pondering "If Muslim tradition sees growing a beard & trimming the mustache as Prophetic commands, a certain religious group living in the American northeast has that exactly in common"

I wonder who?  ;D

Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) said “Surah (chapter of) Hud and its sisters turned my hair gray"

Hud (11)

February 07, 2019, 04:00 PM
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February 10, 2019, 10:05 PM
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aa1234779 -> Thanks for the detailed explanation regarding beards and other ways of grooming in Islam.

What I still don't understand is: is it mandatory or simply a suggestion? That is, do Muslims believe they'll end up in hell if they shave, not clip their nails, etc?

Your explanation regarding Indonesians make sense, but what about the Saudi regime's foreign minister? If he were a high official in the goverment of (for example) Egypt, it would make sense because many Egyptians aren't strict in their observance of Islam. But the foreign minister of ultra-strict, Wahabi Saudi Arabia?? I would think even a minimal deviation from strict Islam would be regarded as a major offense - even more so by a member of MBS's cabinet.

February 15, 2019, 01:21 PM
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Maybe some of you remember that I took a few photos last year in the Park of St Cloud.

Vasudev is probably wondering if it's mr baboon on the left. Actually, it's my father and me. A few months later, he helped me move to Saint Etienne.
But I won't stay in Saint Etienne, because I could get a promotion to earn more money. My job would have been be axed here anyway (maybe there is not enough economic activity in St Etienne since Vanessa Paradis left after the shooting of the movie White wedding ?).
And in all likelihood, I will probably have to go back to the city of light of aa1234779 in a few months. Well, It's a paradox. Sb helped me flee this town, and I have to go back there.

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February 23, 2019, 11:20 AM
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Today I went to the Kiwanis wine show in Andrézieux-Bouthéon, and I took a few photos. Actually I had been invited so I could taste some good wine.

Kiwanis is an international service club founded in 1915 in Detroit, Michigan. It is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States, and is found in more than 80 nations and geographic areas. Kiwanis clubs raise funds for poor children in the United States, Europe, Sudan, Eritrea, Palestine...

I bought an excellent wine, a Saint Chinian from Languedoc, and a pork filet mignon with oregano.
Little usmangujjar must be thinking that all these are not very halal. As for shadow.97, he might be thinking all this is not very Catholic either.

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March 24, 2019, 10:48 AM
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Today, I’m going to hold an exceptional conference about Saint Etienne.

I needed a café so I went to the center of the town. Practically everything is closed on Sunday, and, to my regret, I had to take a café in a greasy spoon near the place of hotel de ville called Subway.
Other there I recalled that I needed to take photos for the users of the forum. They don’t know Saint Etienne because in the media they always show the same things: the burps of baby Trump, the yellow vests on the champs Elysées, or the bearded lumberjacks of Baghouz. So here are a few unusual photos taken today.

the place of the hotel de ville

rue blanqui

place Dorian

rue Francois Gillet

Avenue de la libération

Rue de la république (you can see my car)

In Saint Etienne, many shops are closed because the town is rather poor.

An antique shop

March 30, 2019, 07:45 AM
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Today, I've been to the Casino Monthieu, Rue de la Montant in Saint Etienne ( I was at the Casino Grocery Pickup service), and I noticed another jacquerie taking place other there. Undoubtedly, capitalism is on its last legs.

Note that Windows 10 x64 Pro lite 19h1 is being uploaded and will be available tonight.
Besides, a game about the French revolution could be available tomorrow on the forum. It's perfect if you don't know historic figures such as Danton or Robespierre.

March 31, 2019, 02:53 PM
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Tonight, I'm going to hold a conference to present the long-awaited squid with green beans recipe with shallot and white wine sauce.

here is a picture of the squid.
Look how beautiful they are. I wish aa1234779, Maher, Vasudev and shadow.97 had been there. My father couldn't believe I'm mastering such a difficult dish either, he who died of lung cancer a few months ago.

First and foremost, pull out the tentacles from the main body. Cut just below the eye and discard the innards. Discard the beak and then trim the long tentacles level with the rest.
Pinch the two fins together, thread thumb underneath and pull them away from the body, along with the membrane and discard.
Pull out the shell or 'quill' and then remove the innards using the back of a knife.
Cut the squid open, and scrape any more innards out and discard. Cut into slices, or score the squid and cut into pieces. It’s important to wash them because a kind of ink is oozing.

You can now cook the squid. Frying is a popular method - squid pieces just need to be cooked for 30-40 seconds on a very high heat. Serve immediately.

Now we are going to make the sauce and cook the beans.

Bring the water to a boil. Add the beans and cover the pot. Continue cooking the beans, covered, for 3 to 5 minutes until tender but firm. Drain and rinse under cold water.

At serving time, heat the butter in a pan, add an excellent white wine and the shallots for about 1 minute, until the shallots start to brown.
Reduce until only 30 ml (2 tablespoons) of liquid remain. Whisk in the butter and simmer until emulsified.

For the wine, I chose some sauternes. This wine is a bit expensive, but no other wine is subtler than Sauternes… Recognizable among all with its golden look, it is unique thanks to many characteristics. Sauternes is different through its localization, quite far from most of the Bordeaux appellations. Located on the South of Graves region, its area is bound by Garonne valley on East and Landes forest on West).
Then add the beans, salt and pepper, and saute briefly.

Sprinkle with lemon juice and serve with the squid.

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March 31, 2019, 03:27 PM
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In this topic, some photos of the Louvre are available. And if you have been to the Louvre this week end, you probably noticed the courtyard collage celebrating the pyramid’s 30th anniversary that created an optical illusion.

The French artist JR and 400 volunteers had put the final touches to the huge collage on Friday to mark the 30th anniversary of the Louvre’s glass pyramid.
But the whimsical collage in the courtyard of France’s Louvre art gallery had a short shelf life after a swarm of tourists and art lovers left it in shreds.
On Saturday he tweeted a photo of the 17,000 sq metre (183,000 sq ft) work which, from a certain angle, made the pyramid appear to extend deep into a quarry of white rock, and invited the public to come take a look.

Come they did, and by Sunday the fragile 2,000-odd sheets of paper were torn to pieces, returning the site to its natural state in what could almost be called a work of public performance art. However, some art lovers were not amused, with comments on Twitter such as “really disappointing bad experience today for the Louvre pyramid’s 30th anniversary” and “JR’s art piece was more fleeting than foreseen”.
The artist was more philosophical. “The images, like life, are ephemeral,” he tweeted. “Once pasted, the art piece lives on its own. The sun dries the light glue and with every step, people tear pieces of the fragile paper. The process is all about participation of volunteers, visitors, and souvenir hunters.”

April 25, 2019, 12:12 PM
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Here are a few photos taken today in St Etienne.

The planetarium. It was open but as you can see the visitors are not numerous.

A view of St Etienne.

In the park of Europe, under the rain. It was pleasant to be alone in the park to go jogging. Unlike the park of Vincennes or the Boulogne woods, you won't see prostitutes in here.

Note that I stumbled upon a video of a little-known town. It's not St Etienne, you would see potholes on the roads otherwise. Over there, poverty is virtually non existent.
Humbert will probably recognize Sunset Boulevard, but it's not Los Angeles either. Actually, the real estate is generally quite affordable in this town (10 times cheaper than Los Angeles). What's more beggars are very numerous in LA.
I've probably aroused the curiosity of Vasudev and shadow.97. Is it Paris? No, you would see hordes of migrants and tents on the road sides otherwise.
Note that there are very few tourists in this town and in the country in which it's located. They are so rare that the authorities take them for spies sometimes, but I'm not talking about North Korea.
Here is the video about this town.
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